IBM Gives 50 Percent Compression Guarantee On Storwize V7000
March 10, 2014 Timothy Prickett Morgan
I have no idea when this deal was announced by IBM, but considering how hard the company is pushing the Storwize V7000 disk arrays these days, I thought I should point it out to you just in case you are shopping for one of these puppies for your rack system or even your PureFlex setup if you are going that route.
IBM has thousands of customers who are using the Storwize family of arrays, one of the many storage products that the company bought rather than developed itself. Among many features, the Storwize V7000 arrays have a Real-Time Compression feature, which as the name suggests, compresses data stored on the arrays as it comes in and decompresses it as it flies off the array out into systems and networks. As you can see at this link, IBM is telling customers who buy this compression feature that they will get at least a 50 percent or greater compression savings rate.
Notice how the deal did not say at least a 50 percent compression rate on the data. This is tricky wording, and something that needs to be investigated. But if you are buying one of these V7000s, loaded up with software features, they don’t come cheap and it is worth it to figure out the terms of this deal. If you don’t get the compress rate of 50 percent or greater, IBM will give you the hardware and software to hit that level free of charge.
This compression software is specifically designed to compress active data, such as that stored in IBM DB2, Oracle 11g, and Microsoft SQL Server databases as well as server virtualization using VMware ESXi and vSphere.
There doesn’t seem to be a time limit on this deal.